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Mad Brewers Orchard Ale

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Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Nathan Co.)
Style: Fruit Beer
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This saison we’re bringing you something even more challenging - the complexity of of a seasonal farmhouse ale and the crispness of summer apples, hung together with a sour mash. Damn right it’s mad... and we wouldn’t have it any other way!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
640ml bottle Good head copper coloured ale medium carbonation aroma woody fruit mildly floral has a perfume about it flavour great taste of apple sweet a little acidic touch not rough some grape always the apple pleasantness to the finish aftertaste is mildly sour works well

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3119) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2010
640ml bottle. Extremely vibrant and appealing in the glass with a red tinge that is like looking at the sun through a dust storm. Crackly slight head that quickly dissapates. Spicy fruit aromas abound and the flavour is light and dry with a slightly tart green apple finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2010
After trying it twice before I having been dodging it since, well I took it along to this Italian restaurant tonight and it seemed to go down a treat, maybe it was the earlier beers that helped it along, the noticeable apples make it more of a fruit beer than a saison.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maneliquor (3009) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Off notes when I first started on craft beer. Not a fond memory of this beer according to these scribbles. Cider like fruitiness and belgian yeast dominate nose and taste. Quite sessionable but a weird combo of flavours. Not my thing

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2374) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 640ml bottle, 10C. Pours clear copper with a small and rapidly disappearing light-beige head. Aroma has yeast, apples and spices. Decent sweet/ tart balance with some depth and barnyard touches. Really rather cider-like. Finishes tart with allspice, white pepper and a hint of metal. [3.3]

Bottle. BB earlier this month. Burnt orange with a small light beige head that lasts in a tulip. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. More malt sweetness and spicier than it was with mellow apples, some slight sour funk and a mildly sweet peppery finish. Has improved a bit and will make pleasant summer drinking.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jonno (2275) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 Tastes like a james squire with some rough cider poured in on it ie decent beer but nothing that interesting and the sweet cloying juice makes tacking a pint a chore rather than a joy.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle 640ml. Very interesting beer. Aroma of apples, caramel, and earth. Taste is sweet, with a touch of acidity, and good length. Palate is thin-to-medium body, and sparkling. Amber colour, with no head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
Pours vibrant pale amber with a creamy lasting head. Nose shows some tangy apple cider, some bready malt and a bit of wheat. Not bad. Flavours include soft sweet apple, bready malt, and finishes quite dry, as a good saison should. Light body, soft carbonation that could be a little higher. Very light and refreshing, it does actually remind me of Saison Dupont, I assume they used a genuine saison yeast or something?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
Perhaps an unsual style and for the most part worked well. Can definitely pick up the apple juice, fairly simple and juicy at that, and some sour spice coming through, but this ’saison’ not is fairly mild. There’s a stinky, meaty, yeasty Belgian Ale flavour that provides some interest. No bad I guess but overall not particularly challenging.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2010
Draught at Platform Bar, Brisbane. Pours amber with a white head that quickly disappeared. The nose is musty apples and spicy yeast phenolics. There’s no hiding from the sweetness in flavour though, with a few murmurs around pointing out the similarities to common mainstream ciders. It’s definitely sugary in taste and a tad overdone. It lacks the inviting dryness of a true saision, and I found one glass was a little rough to get through.


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